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And fans of the pure detective novel are always going to be disappointed. She was always trying to make the detective story into something bigger, into a study of character or landscape or a part of society. But this means that if what you want is a pure detective story then you are going to be disappointed — the whodunnit aspect in Sayers is often absent or perfunctory.

Like Liked by 3 people. Such elements are present in other such books from that time and place, of course, but somehow they stick out more when she does it — maybe because we seem to be asked to be complicit. I do with Tey too, even though the element of fair-play detection is often enough absent altogether. If Christie wrote a book in which Poirot discussed the etymology of the English breakfast for the first two thirds and then found a forger using undisclosed clues in the last 80 pages people would be up in arms.

Tey never once got close to fair-play detection in her life.

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At any rate, that describes me, and I venture to extrapolate…. All the more so with Tey. OK, and when we finally get down to solving something, late in The Singing Sands very pleasurable up to that point , and it all just turns out an insultingly perfunctory and irrelevant mess. The Fens remain much as described and church traditions have not quite gone down into obscurity yet. Very surprised by how many people have bounced off the Wimsey novels; I adore most of them.

Me too! He hated Sayers with a passion and this has always coloured my view.

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Well after a slow start it was well worth it in the end. Very dense, not at all a book you could skim through but a good pay-off and some exciting bits in the denouement. I like Hamlet, Revenge!

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Remembering how I enjoyed it, I would from time to time try another of his, only to be unable to finish it without pushing myself. I tried a couple of his JIM Stewart mainstream novels, on the basis of having enjoyed his Innes novels, and was lucky if I got through the first chapter of either. You are commenting using your WordPress. You are commenting using your Google account. You are commenting using your Twitter account. You are commenting using your Facebook account. Notify me of new comments via email. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. Search for:. But, man, do I ever struggle with her writing. Her novel writing, anyway, which seems to me long on bombast and short on the sort of gamesmanship GAD should evince. With that in mind, I purchased the above anthology of her complete short fiction in the hope that I may find more to appreciate in her work if I take her in small doses, and the Montague Egg stories she dabbled with for a few years seem a good place to start Wimsey is too…Wimsey for me at present.

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The existence of such a publication, and one frequented by such a luminary of the era no less, seems crazy in these times, but I suppose we should remember that newspapers used to carry detective shorts — see the Leo Bruce collection Murder in Miniature , or even in The Mystery of the Locked Room by Tom Gallon. Man, times were good once, eh? Not like now, with our lightning-fast wifi and near-zero incidents of steamship diseases.

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Thanks for the tip. Fingers crossed… Like Like. That makes two of us…! What goes around comes around, dude… Like Like. Huh, that Sherlockiana sounds quite interesting — where can I find it? Fabulous, many thanks. Very surprised by how many people have bounced off the Wimsey novels Me too!